BMA – Outsourcing firm and US healthcare insurer team up to run STP – BMA

Here’s a heads-up on the next omni-shambles in UK public healthcare. The BMA is right in this hard-hitting article. It describes how an outsourcing firm – whose work for GPs was described by a minister as ‘entirely unacceptable’ – and the UK arm of a private US healthcare insurer are to lead the development of an STP (sustainability and transformation partnership). The new best practice paradigm is described as ‘shared health and care system.’

Source: BMA – Outsourcing firm and US healthcare insurer team up to run STP

The article questions how with Capita’s appalling record, it continues to win healthcare contracts. Those of us familiar with public administration, both in central and local government, will know that Capita have cleaned up with contracts across the public, despite seriously questionable results.

The Conservative Party leadership have demonstrated, time and time again, that they don’t have the stomach to lead radical change in the public sector. There’s been absence of vision and strategy, relying naively on austerity. The consequence has been back door outsourcing to the likes of Capita (and their US partners).

I have been involved in delivery transformation most of my life and must agree with the thrust of the BMA arguments.

So what’s the answer, more status quo, more outsourcing or a radical third way?


How the press lied about the little girl staying with Muslim foster parents. Here are the facts.

Here’s an amazing story of the UK tabloid press highlighting their bias and distorting the truth. The bottom line is that their readers have been fed false news that’s close to proganda. Why didn’t the journalists review the evidence to corraborate their stories? Surely, it’s the same for Brexit, the tabloids have been responsible for fanning false news? With so much false news on Brexit, why aren’t the political classes standing up for truth and integrity and proposing a second referendum?

Pride's Purge

The tabloid press (and I include The Times and The Telegraph in that description) lied about the story of the little girl put into care with a Muslim family.

Here are 10 of their worst lies – along with the real facts of the case as we know them:

1) According to court documents, it was the police not the local authority (as stated by the tabloids) who decided the child should be put into foster care:

2) According to court documents, the foster family criticised by the tabloids was a temporary placement.

3) According to court documents, the child herself is from Muslim heritage and her Muslim grandmother has now been cleared by the courts to look after her. This fact is only disputed by the girl’s mother but none of this was mentioned by the tabloids as it would obviously totally destroy their narrative:
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